About Us

Recover Integrity was founded on a simple premise: role model integrity. If you role model integrity, run your program with integrity, treat people with integrity you teach people how to live with integrity. At Recover Integrity we know what works: a safe environment, a loving and knowledgeable staff, a healthy routine, clear communication and a spiritual core. We recognize that at the root of addiction lies pain, lack of connection, internal conflict, and a lack of direction. The antidote to this condition is healing, integration of conflicting parts, joining with others, and discovering the meaning and purpose that lives within all of us.
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Yeshaia Blakeney, BA
Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Yeshaia is an addiction expert with 14 years experience working in substance abuse and mental health. Sober since age 21, Yeshaia has a deep understanding of the youth addiction and recovery process, and works well with people for whom 12-step programs have been ineffective or are looking for an unorthodox approach. Aware that lasting recovery has a spiritual dimension, Yeshaia helps addicts build a customized path toward healing that best fits their personal senses of identity. His experience as a counselor and case manager is enhanced by his connections to a vast network of recovery professionals. Yeshaia holds a CADC certification from UCLA and a Bachelors Degree from Antioch University.

Yeshaia works closely with families and develops relationships with clients that persist past the point of their time at Recover Integrity. Yeshaia is deeply connected to the individual nature of recovery and what it means to live well. And, he expresses this unique take on treatment through his one-on-one work with clients, families and case managers.

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Adam Mindel, MA, CADC-II, MFT-I
Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Adam received his MA from Pacific Oaks College in 2011. Adam has been a pillar in the Los Angeles recovery community for the last 13 years. For over a decade, Adam triaged the day to day clinical program of one of the nation’s largest non-profits specializing in addiction. Adam has held positions ranging from Family Director, Assistant Clinical Director, and Men and Women’s Program Director. Adam is highly sought out nationwide by programs and families as an interventionist. Adam works closely with our clients and their families, creating a safe space for recovery. Adam and Yeshaia worked side by side for 10 years before co-founding Recover Integrity together.

 

Adam specializes in family dynamics, family coaching and case management as well as one-on-one work with clients. Adam’s focus on containment and meeting clients where “they’re at” is a key to his ability to connect to clients at their core.

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Kathy Marks, PsyD, MFT
Clinical Director

As a licensed Marital and Family Therapist, Kathy is a passionate clinician and training supervisor. Through her own journey, an ongoing commitment of emotional and spiritual work, she was drawn to helping individuals and families learn to have healthy meaningful relationships with themselves and others. Addictions and relationships are her specialties. Previously she held several positions, the most recent as clinical director for 5 years, during her 10 years at a large treatment center for addictions. During this time, she met Yeshaia and Adam where they developed an appreciation for one another and deep respect for each others work. Kathy developed the first residential and intensive outpatient program for gambling addiction and provides gambling treatment in partnership with the California Office of Problem Gambling. Kathy is a consummate seeker of knowledge, particularly the complexities of how people grow through relationship. To that end, she has completed all of her clinical doctorate work at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis as a PsyD. In addition to her clinical work at Integrity Kathy maintains a private practice in West LA.

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Ashlee Petersen, CATC-I
Program Coordinator

Ashlee began her career as a successful makeup artist in Hollywood, working in TV and film for 23 years, where she functioned as both an artist and an educator.

Ashlee attempted numerous times to get sober but repeatedly relapsed. In 2011 her family intervened and she received her first long term treatment experience. She witnessed the miracle of one alcoholic helping another and knew she wanted to change the trajectory of her life. Through personal experiences, she saw an opportunity to help people and make a difference by entering the field of addiction treatment.

Ashlee has 5 years of experience as a counselor and a case manager, and recently earned her CATC from West Los Angeles Community College. Her greatest reward is seeing the progression of the individuals that she works with every day.

“I love working in this industry because I get to watch the light return to someone’s face. It is truly an amazing opportunity to witness connection after years of disconnection.”

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James Bottoms, MFT-I
Primary Therapist

James Bottoms, MA, earned his bachelors degree from Florida International University- graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors, a masters degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University and earned a culinary degree in Paris. Prior to joining Recover Integrity as a primary therapist, James was the Program Coordinator for another drug and alcohol treatment center here in Los Angeles. His extensive background working with addiction, includes drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography and internet/gaming; also helping dually-diagnosed clients recover from self-harming behaviors and disordered eating. James uses a client-centered approach to guide clients to create authentic and fulfilling lives by utilizing aspects of existential psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment theory, depth psychology and mindfulness. He has used his many years living abroad in Europe and the Middle East to effectively connect with people of diverse perspectives and backgrounds. James is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. MFT Intern #91025.

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Jan Stolpe, LMFT
Primary Therapist

Jan Stolpe is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist and received his MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, subsequently training at Beverly Hills’ Maple Counseling Center. During his graduate work, Jan contributed significantly to multiple research studies at UCLA’s Semel Institute and received further training at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Analytic Studies for early childhood and parenting work. Additionally, Jan has been intensively trained in DBT by Charles Swenson, M.D. & Kelly Koerner, Ph.D, and EMDR at the EMDR Institute by Curtis Rouanzoin, Ph.D., thus working with a wide range of trauma and personality organizations from multiple theoretical perspectives. Jan lectures on the intersection of Digital Technology/Media and mental health for clinical professionals and faculty and works with addiction around digital technology.

 

Jan works with Recover Integrity clients as both a primary therapist and as our EMDR specialist.

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Eva Altobelli, MD
Psychiatrist 

Dr. Altobelli is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and certified in suboxone treatment. Dr. Altobelli completed her fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry, and completed her adult psychiatry residency training, at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. Prior to medical school Dr. Altobelli earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts at University of Arizona and worked in the film industry in NYC. With a unique background in addiction, psychiatry, trauma and film, Dr. Altobelli is a respected consultant on behavioral health topics. She believes strongly in the mind body spirit connection and has tailored her practice to treat clients with a creative approach. In conjunction with standard psychopharmacology and talk therapy, Dr. Altobelli integrates alternative modalities as part of the healing process, including Energy Medicine and Energy Psychology. Her goal is to empower clients to better cope with the stressors they encounter and create a life filled with joy. Dr. Altobelli knows that engaging in a therapeutic relationship can be a delicate and difficult process and does her best to honor that.

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Ronnie & Charles Blakeney, EdD
Advisors to Clinical

Harvard trained Drs Charles & Ronnie Blakeney, brought Harvard’s developmental model to the identification and treatment of people trapped in mental illness and addiction. They founded, and for 20 years co-directed, Berkeley Academy for Youth Development/The Institute for Clinical-Developmental Psychology. Together they have been among the foremost leaders in the field for the past 35 years, and most recently at the Department of Education and Educational Psychology, Univ. of Fribourg, Switzerland for 10 years refining the Developmental Integrity Approach to addiction and recovery. Since their return from Switzerland they wrote an addiction treatment manual (One Grain of Sand); evaluated the effectiveness of two recovery and prevention programs; and founded and implemented the Developmental Integrity Profile that assess developmental needs and strengths and guides tailored treatment in a range of recovery programs. Drs Blakeney’s consulting on human development includes two years at the White House Office of Domestic Policy, two years at the California Legislature, and two years as research scientists for the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.

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Rabbi Mordecai Finley, PHD
Spiritual Counselor and Advisor

Rabbi Finley is Co-Founder, Co-CEO and Rabbi of Ohr HaTorah temple in West Los Angeles. He received his doctorate in Religion-Social Ethics from the University of Southern California. In addition to his work at Ohr HaTorah, he serves as a professor at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California Campus, where he teaches Liturgy, Jewish Mysticism and Spirituality, and Professional Skills. Rabbi Finley also serves on the faculty of the Wexner Heritage Foundation and the Department of Continuing Education at the American Jewish University. Rabbi Finley is a spiritual counselor and group facilitator at Recover Integrity, imparting wisdom, truth and beauty upon the clients on a weekly basis in his Holding the Line group and his individual spiritual counseling sessions.

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Emily Blakeney
Administrator

Emily graduated from National University after having completed her Associate Degree from University of California, Santa Cruz. Soon after becoming sober, graduating, teaching middle school special education classes, and starting a family, Emily discovered her passion for business. With the support of her husband, Yeshaia, Emily opened a small business and ran every aspect of that business, Eden’s Green Closet. In 2009, Emily co-founded ecomom.com, was head of all purchasing and products, and gained a wealth of knowledge about backend e-commerce systems, online marketing, business ethics and workplace culture. Emily has been a part of the Recover Integrity team since its inception in 2015.

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Jeremy Round, MBA
Advisor

Jeremy is a business leader and entrepreneur with experience launching and running businesses in the service, technology, media, and investment industries. Originally from the Chicagoland area, Jeremy completed his Bachelors of Science at Northwestern University, moved to California with Teach For America to teach seventh grade math and science, and then moved to Los Angeles and decided to pursue his MBA at UCLA. After receiving his MBA, he went on to gain operations and strategic experience consulting with Bain & Company and leading business operations for Yahoo Entertainment and Lifestyles. Jeremy is now the Director of Global Special Projects for Yahoo HR.

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Edward Cunningham, BS, DC, CSCS
Wellness Consultant

Dr. Edward Cunningham is an impassioned wellness consultant and chiropractor. He has assisted thousands of clients on their quest to reach maximum health expression and outstanding mobility, which starts with a well-functioning spine. Dr. Cunningham believes that chiropractic care combined with adherence to sensible nutritional guidelines constitutes a realistic and truly comprehensive approach to wellness. Dr. Cunningham understands that his patients deserve to live not only symptom-free and pain-free; he believes with all his heart that every human being should be supported to express their full potential. With more than a decade of personal sobriety to his credit, Dr. Cunningham is honored to provide chiropractic care to hundreds of clients in the early stages of their sobriety, many of whom are introduced to the transformative power of chiropractic care for the first time.

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Michael Martin
Sober Living Manager

Michael grew up in upstate New York. In 2014, Michael moved to Los Angeles in search of personal help and recovery. Michael got sober at the age of 22 and has a special gift for working with other young men in recovery. Once Michael was sober, having begun the journey and work on building his own inner and higher self, his attention began to shift to the other countless men who have not yet found their own recovery solution. With such a passion for helping others, strong focus on trust and accountability, Michael is an effective member within both our Recover Integrity system, and the greater Los Angeles sober community. Michael is currently pursuing his CADC at Sober College.

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Eric Katende
Tech

Eric has been sober for 5 years and is adamant that his family is crucial to his recovery. Eric is passionate about music and film, is an avid traveler and loves being of service. On his summers off, Eric used to go to Kenya and volunteer with HIV infected orphans. Eric has an insatiable thirst for knowledge, which makes him a great mentor and shift manager.

 

Eric was just accepted to the graduate program at Antioch University which will commence fall, 2017.

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Rosa Ramirez
Chef

Rosa has been working with the client’s of Recover Integrity since the very beginning. She’s more than the chef, she’s like a house mom. She nourishes the clients stomach’s, she cooks with love and she is passionate about matching their recovery with the food they are putting in their bodies. Rosa spent many years working in the entertainment industry in the craft services department but wasn’t satiated by the work. So, she joined the Recover Integrity community for more purposeful, personal and impactful work. Rosa is an invaluable member of the Recover Integrity team, working hard behind the scenes and also right on the front lines interacting daily with the clients.

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Phillip Hamburger, CADC-II
Restorative Justice

Sober for 12 years, Phil has worked in the field of recovery since his own rehabilitation, and has a heartfelt understanding that treatment is a more effective solution than incarceration in the case of addicts facing criminal charges. Born and raised in Minnesota, Phil relocated to Los Angeles in 2004 to work as the assistant alternative sentencing coordinator for Beit T’shuvah. He has extensive experience in the court room, working with both sides of a case to coordinating treatment in lieu of incarceration time. Phil also has attorney privileges in the jail and prison facilities of LA county. He jogs 30-35 miles a week, and still finds time to fly single engine airplanes. Phil holds a CADC II with over 7000 hours of counseling experience.